FOOTBALL NEWS

17/12/2008 08:09, Report by Gemma Thompson in Yokohama
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Boss planning ahead

Sir Alex may well be fully focused on ensuring his players book their place in Sunday's Club World Cup final, but the boss admits he also has one eye on preparations for the Boxing Day trip to Stoke.



The Reds face J-League side Gamba Osaka in Thursday's semi-final clash, with the winner due to play either Mexican outfit Pachuca or LDU Quito of Ecuador in the final on Sunday.

While the boss has already stated his desire to end the week as world champions, the forward thinking Scot is also getting ready for life back in Manchester.

"It's never easy to acclimatise in such a short space of time - changing the body clock is the most difficult part of the trip," he explained.

"We had the players up at 7am on Sunday morning and made sure they didn’t sleep until they were on the plane [over here] at night.

"That was the start of the process and we are working on the same principle through the week. We will then change back towards British time again on Thursday. It is the best way we can work it.

"It will give us the proper chance to acclimatise here and then to revert back to British time

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Looking to the future

"We will change back towards British time again on Thursday. It is the best way we can work it. It will give us the proper chance to acclimatise here and then to revert back to British time and the game against Stoke City. I know we have got it right."

- Sir Alex Ferguson

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